European Climate Pact Ambassadors inform, inspire and support climate policy and action in their communities and networks.
To qualify as a Pact Ambassador, you must meet the requirements below. If you do not meet them, you are welcome to become a ‘Friend of the European Climate Pact’ (more information below).
Ambassador applications are currently open! Submit your application by 15 October.
Any questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us at ambassadorseuclimatepact [dot] eu (ambassadors[at]euclimatepact[dot]eu)
Pact Ambassador role
Pact Ambassador appointments are for an initial one year period, with the opportunity to apply for renewal each subsequent year. Pact Ambassadors:
- Lead by example: showcase your dedication to the fight against climate change by taking climate and environmental action.
- Inspire others: encourage citizens, organisations, and regional and national governments to get involved in climate action. Urge relevant stakeholders and policymakers to deploy ambitious measures and mechanisms to accelerate systemic changes.
- Connect with others: team up with like-minded individuals, collaborate with stakeholders from across Europe and share information on EU climate policy and action.
To get a better idea of what our Climate Pact Ambassadors do, read three Ambassador stories in our article.
Pact Ambassadors act in their personal or professional capacity as representatives of a community or organisation, not on behalf of the European Commission. Being a Pact Ambassador does not involve organisational or financial support from the European Commission. Pact Ambassadors are selected based on their compliance with the Pact's objectives and values and according to the progress of activities, such as ensuring proportionate representation across all Member States.
Are you eligible?
The following individuals can become Pact Ambassadors:
- Leaders of organisations or associations
- Community leaders, leaders of informal groups or movements
- Mayors, parliamentarians, policymakers or other public office holders
- Representatives of cultural, educational or research institutions
- Influencers, opinion leaders
As a Pact Ambassador, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a resident of an EU Member State.
- Make a climate action commitment as a Pact Ambassador, indicating at least three concrete actions you will undertake throughout the year:
- It could involve interaction with a community-level group (e.g. school, community association, youth association, business network, peer network) or consist of a communication activity on a local, national, or international communication channel.
- Examples of actions include giving a talk or a presentation; organising, hosting, or facilitating an event, a workshop or a focus group; writing an article, a blog post or a communication piece on a topic related to climate change/green transition/sustainability awareness, advocacy, education or behaviour change; coordinating a climate action project/campaign/initiative.
- We particularly encourage commitments and actions that reach individuals or groups with lower levels of climate awareness and/or people who are currently less engaged in climate action.
- Complete the e-learning onboarding course within three weeks.
- Participate in at least two Pact Secretariat and two Country Coordinator-led Pact Community events during the mandate.
- Be in regular contact and respond to requests from the Country Coordinators and the Secretariat.
- Meet annual reporting requirements as part of the Ambassadorship renewal process.
- Respect the Climate Pact’s values and follow the Secretariat’s guidelines when carrying out your activities (such as guidelines on using the Pact’s visual identity).
Additionally, we expect you to:
- Engage with the Pact Community online groups at least every quarter.
- Share Pact messages and campaigns via your networks and communication channels, including promoting opportunities to become a Pact Ambassador or part of the broader Pact Community.
- Share your Pact achievements via social media, the Pact Secretariat’s communication channels (where available), and/or via Pact Ambassadors’ visibility campaigns.
- Take part in local, national, regional, or European events, with the support of your Country Coordinator or the Pact Secretariat.
What you must not do:
- Claim to work for, represent or speak on behalf of the European Commission or Pact Secretariat or imply that they endorse your opinions or activities because of your Pact Ambassador role. For instance, on LinkedIn, participation in the Pact Ambassador programme can only be listed under Volunteer Experience with the European Commission.
- Expect financial support from the European Commission or Pact Secretariat for your time or activities.
- Use your role as a Pact Ambassador to seek undue personal or commercial advantage or to seek to benefit from your role in contexts unrelated to advancing the Pact and its objectives.
- Use your title for greenwashing purposes, i.e. for deceptive or misleading practices to portray yourself or your organisation as more environmentally friendly or sustainable than it is. It involves making false or exaggerated claims about the environmental credentials of a product, service, company or organisation.
- Fail to react to the Pact Secretariat’s or your Country Coordinator’s onboarding, renewal or reporting requests.
- Act in any way contrary to the Climate Pact’s values.
If any of the above takes place, the Pact Secretariat reserves the right to withdraw your ambassadorship with immediate effect and without any means of recourse.
- Official recognition from the European Commission and publication of a public profile on the Pact website.
- Access to the pan-European network of more than 500 Pact Ambassadors.
- Access to resources and toolkits on climate change and climate action, Climate Pact, and ways to engage and communicate with others on climate-related topics.
- Access to Pact-branded material for online use (websites and social media).
- Opportunities to gain visibility for your climate action and advocacy on the Pact website and the Pact’s social media channels.
- Opportunities to participate in Pact events across Europe.
- Access to online and in-person workshops with policy experts on climate action-related topics.
- Ad-hoc capacity building support.
- Raising awareness of the causes and impacts of climate change.
- Promoting individual and organisational climate action in their networks.
- Participating in public and private events as a Pact Ambassador.
- Communicating on their climate action and ambition and the Pact activities at large.
- Organising online and offline events and discussions, such as Peer Parliaments.
- Organising activities related to climate and environmental action (e.g. planting trees, car-free days, information, and awareness days).
- Connecting local climate activists with other relevant networks and stakeholders.
- Sharing knowledge through peer-to-peer learning.
- Testing climate solutions so that they can be replicated and spread.
Friends of the Pact
Are you interested in becoming active on climate-related topics in your country and eager to get more information and guidance on how to do so? Then, become a Friend of the European Climate Pact!
Friends of the Pact are encouraged to create and disseminate Pact-branded communication material. Unlike Pact Ambassadors, Friends of the Pact are not required to fulfil the abovementioned criteria, and no formal application is needed. Instead, you can simply subscribe to our newsletter.